10 Signs Your Toddler Rules The House

I recently told my friends that I quit on tidying up our house.I cannot do it anymore. I quit. I know they say that let our kids be little…so I am letting Ellie be. For parents who got toddlers… I know that deep in your hearts you sincerely understand and you’re slowly nodding your head because you know…you know… what made me quit – tidying up.

Ellie owns the house – the car and even our bed. She rules the house and we are not complaining.

IMG_95081)Her stuff are everywhere.  Currently our little one owns more or less 10 stuff animals –  majority are bears and they are not small bears, one giant unicorn, tons of balls plus a play tent. Plus the tiny trinkets that she considers as treasures like keychains, keys and pens etc. and there’s no place inside our house and car even, that you cannot find a trace of her. It’s like she’s leaving them… to mark her territory.

2)You cannot finish ONE task easily. She knows what she wants and sometimes she wants what you want. I was doing the laundry the other day and Ellie joined me by putting out the clothes out of the hamper and brought them to our living room. I was dusting the shelves inside our room and she helped me by throwing out the books on the floor.

3)Food everywhere. Biscuits on the sofa. Rice on the bed.Juice spills on the floor and the list goes on.

4)One of the corners of the house is an extension of a play area. It’s Ellie’s corner. I imagined her going there to play and read her books, solve puzzles and other toddler activities. Now, I know that it’s all in my head… so much for my imagination…refer to item number 1.

5) Remember when you have glass and ceramic stuff at home? They are now PLASTIC. We bought colourful  utensils and glasses and even plates for her. Safety first.

6) Your TV channel preferences switched from News to Kids channel. Just like how you’re reading rhymes and storybooks when by heart you love novels and newspapers and fashion magazines!

7) The corners are no longer there. Again, another safety precaution. Toddlers love to run around  and defy the laws of physics and other laws of the universe.

8) The top shelves are full. There are times when we want everything on display – vases, picture frames, we even opt for a clock table instead of regular one. Now everything fragile,shiny and nice to look at, are all placed way up the cupboards or hidden somewhere little-miss-I-want-to-play-with-it cannot see.

9) Prints and writings everywhere. There’s no need for me to elaborate on this. I know that it is sometimes funny to see her prints in places we didn’t expect but what should we do… she is a toddler.

10)Adults in the house are either ninjas or prone to mini-heart attacks. Ellie started to jump from the sofa and our hearts jump with her too. She learned how to snatch the glass from the table –  with our hearts attached to it as well. She acts as if she is going to fall from the bed and I know she will fall from the bed that’s when my inner ninja comes out. Adults begin to have great reflexes at home.

But hey, after all the mess and mini heart-attacks, our house is filled with joy and laughter every single day. And sooner or later we will be missing these crazy moments with them.

What are your toddlers up to and how are you coping? :)

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[MrsTags reviews] Pockit Stroller

We don’t want to spoil Ellie when it comes to material things but we don’t want to sacrifice – quality, convenience and comfort that some material things offer. Recently we were in search for a compact, easy to expand and adjust stroller for her. The stroller that we got her makes her uncomfortable because the heat gets trapped on the pads making her sweaty and irritated most of the time. Don’t get me wrong we LOVE that Hauck stroller very much and it is with us even before she’s born.

My first choice is the Juniors Scooty Baby Buggy  I found in Babyshop. The price is very affordable at AED 149. This buggy systems has 5 point Harness system. It is also Compact and lightweight for storage  and features an umbrella style easy-to-fold system.  I love the price but I had a hard time adjusting and expanding it and it is still bulky – my husband wants a space-saving stroller this time.

We also looked at Maclaren, Chicco,  and Joie travel systems – these brands offers different options – some of the models are not as lightweight as I expected. The price ranges from AED 200 – AED 1600. Then my husband found the GB Pockit Stroller and that’s the end of the story.

The FOLDED GB Pockit Stroller

True to it’s description – lightweight folding champion! All we have to do is to just click on the buttons located on the handle and we can easily fold the whole thing and what amazes me is the size after it is folded.  In only two steps the buggy becomes a compact and feather-light handbag-shaped package –   30 x 18 x 35 cm to be precise.  Tags loved it and I know my husband when he wants something – he’ll test it and inspect all of the details and will even do online research about it. We found out that it has won awards and it won our approval too! If you’re interested you can check out Babyshop for this great find or you can visit online shops like mumzworld. I made several transactions with them before and everything went smoothly – from ordering to delivery.

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When it comes to our kids safety we always do our own research (like what my husband did!) to check reviews and product ratings too. I checked one post from MomStrollerReviews.com : Mom’s Picks: Top 20 Best Strollers for 2017. It is a good read since the author of the post concentrates on practicality a little more than style. :)

What stroller are you using? What are the special feature that you like about it?

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Why We Love Parenthood (And You Should, Too!)

Every child begins the world again.
Henry David Thoreau

It is almost two years when we received God’s greatest gift to us. 20 months today, Ellie, is our constant source of joy AND worry. Is it easy being a parent? NO. Is it a whirlwind of emotions that you’re always worried if you’re doing a great job? YES. Is it awesome, exciting and surprising in ways that even the most upsetting of days cannot be compared to the hugs and kisses? Definitely yes.

Parenthood is terror mixed with delight and wonder – a true representation of humanity.Tags shared that he is happy being a dad because he is witnessing how Ellie is growing and how she reaches her milestones and achievements and such moments are priceless.

When Ellie was born (still shiny and brand new), we were ecstatic that even when there’s no manual for her this is the best OJT ever!

Here are few reasons why we love the F A C T that we are (her)parents:

  1. Feeling those little hands curling around our fingers to hold us.Knowing that we are blessed to have her in our lives.
  2. Gazing in those bright little eyes and knowing that deep inside she loves us too.
  3. Seeing my husband show off Ellie to his relatives and friends.
  4. Watching Ellie’s chubby innocent face as she sleeps and I can’t help but wonder what the future will be for her.
  5. Buying cute baby clothes and accessories (swimwear included) even if she’s too little for those.
  6. The moment she started laughing and you laugh with her for no reason because her giggles are infectious like that.
  7. The unspoken bond we build with fellow dads and moms.
  8. We never thought that we got talents when it comes to singing and dancing and became instant healthy chefs for our little one.
  9. The joy of sharing your experiences during pregnancy and THAT unique birth story.
  10. Smelling the best scent in the world – your tiny fragile baby.
  11. When she starts to develop her personality as early as 13 months.
  12. HER first steps.
  13. Now we know the right things to say when friends are also expecting a baby.
  14. When you became a parent you will again start to appreciate simple pleasures e.g. a cute butterfly or the bright chubby star hanging on the ceiling.
  15. Waking up from her hugs and sloppy kisses (sometimes a slap or a kick too)
  16. Mastering the tricky art of MULTITASKING
  17. We became more aware of VALUES and MORALS and other things that we want to rub off on her.
  18. We now have a much deeper and better understanding about other families too. Example: Toddler crying and shouting at the mall.
  19. Who would have thought that we can carry 15kg toddler around the mall for hours because she likes to be carried after running around. I never thought my husband is that strong.
  20. Hearing her say Mama and Papa and we know that it’s us that she is calling.
  21. Watching her grow and reach her milestones and seeing little version of us  – in many different ways.
  22. When she start scribbling on her books, paper, walls, doors and other available surfaces – we didn’t get angry at her –  I posted it on Instagram instead.
  23. The pride inside us when she started to learn stuff and can answer us correctly. That’s our girl!
  24. The way she invades our bed – our cabinets – the whole room because of her stuff and the whole house – because she is everywhere!
  25. Ellie made us appreciate life even more… all babies do.
  26. Now,our hearts got special spaces for other kids too! There’s a certain hurt inside us when we see kids being abused and not treated the way they should be taken care of.
  27. Capturing moments with tons of photos because we know those moments will never happen again!
  28. The precious moments of teaching (more of influencing) her to love writing and books.
  29. When we see her taking good care of her stuff toys and giving them hugs and kisses and even sharing her bottled milk. Sharing is caring and she knows that already! OMG.
  30. Being a parent means  we are able to create and shape the future.

Parenting is difficult but overall it is amazing. Let’s not take our days as a parent for granted. Before we know it, we will be sending them off to college and then… I don’t want to get to the next part. The time we have with our kids is very limited. Let’s be the best parents we can be while they still need us because time flies so fast.Just yesterday,  I was looking at a picture of Ellie as an infant and now she’s 20 months! Even as I type those words I choke up. I don’t want to miss a moment. 

What makes you love the fact that you’re a parent?

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Can I really do it?

Can I really do it?

My mom needed to renew her visa so I took off from work for 2 days turned 3. I was left at home to take care of Ellie and do household chores like the usual stay-at-home mothers.  First day, I was giddy excited. I woke up early prepared meals, did the laundry, cleaned the living area and then Ellie woke up and all of the plans I have in mind never happened. We ate bread and fruits for breakfast – half of it ended on our floor. I asked Ellie to just stay put because I can’t allow her to walk on the dirty floor. I started cleaning and she started whining. Toddlers know how to get what they want.We read and played and watched some Disney movies. We had so much fun during bath time. She dozed off after that.During her nap time I was able to take a bath, cooked an easy meal for me and prepared for dinner and again, clean our room floor and her toys and books. The nap time is a breather.

Day 2 is a different story. She woke up earlier than usual and wanted to play with her toys. She doesn’t want to change her nappy and just want to ran around naked. I was still able to manage that day. Not as easy as I thought it would be but I was fine. She didn’t sleep. Although we still had fun during bath time. I didn’t have a proper meal during lunch but it is okay. We spent the whole afternoon laughing and we even tried to sleep but sleep didn’t come that time.

Day 3 is much easier.My mom has returned from her trip and got her visa but she needs to rest. But it was fine :) I know she is just inside her room sleeping. I prepared Aglio Olio for lunch. I did the laundry and some cleaning too. Ellie and I played and laughed and it was a great day. I told Ellie that I will go back to work by Sunday and she listened to me like she wanted to say something but can’t.

Going back to my question, can I do it? Can I just be a stay-at-home mom? At this point I can say not really. And it made me realize how amazing stay-at-home moms really are. My mother is one of them. She literally raised us -3 kids alone without any help (my dad works abroad). And looking back our house is squeaky clean, we ate good food, our clothes are properly pressed and everything is okay. I really admire my mom and everything she did for us, and what she’s still doing for us up to now. I am blessed and thankful to have her in our lives.

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Ellie got a new bath rituals :)

There’s a sudden change of weather here in UAE and I noticed that Ellie’s skin is getting flaky (red flag here) and she is becoming scratchy and irritable every time she is feeling itchy. On one of my posts I shared with you the soaps and lotions she is using which is under the brand SebaMed. There’s nothing wrong with that, but her pedia said that since we have a case of skin asthma it would be better if we can opt for a much stronger but gentle on skin moisturizer for her. At first I told Tags that we can try using Mustela, my sister, Jessica used the same and it worked effectively for her.

Her pedia recommended QV.At first I hesitated to buy that because I am not familiar with that and I haven’t heard any of my friends using the brand (well…yes.. friends matter). She explained to us that this brand is really meant for those who have dry skin and those prone to skin asthma, psoriasis and eczema. BUT the entire range is free from soap, fragrance and other common irritants, making them ideal for even sensitive skin types.

The price ranges from 50Dhs t0 90dhs. A bit pricey but you get what you pay for. I can say that after a week Ellie’s skin becomes smoother and no more rashes too. There’s a wide range of products good for babies and toddlers and adults too.  We are planning to continue using these products for a very long time. Ellie got a sensitive skin and we just have to make sure to take care of it while she is still young.

Check out the range of lotions and soaps and let me know your thoughts too! :)

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